Here’s a story from the BBC News in Europe, that may change plans for lunch today. Horse DNA has been found in hamburgers that are being sold in the UK and Ireland’s supermarkets. That’s a nice way of saying that the hamburger that some people are buying, has horse meat in it.
Yes, I almost did not blog on this! My bigger point will be after the details.
Meat from two processing plants that was for sale in grocery stores was analyzed to show the following results: A total of 27 burger products were analyzed. 10 of the samples contained horse, and 23 of the “hamburger” samples contained pig. Horse meat accounted for 29% of the meat content in the samples from one of the plants.
The government agency of Ireland that is in charge of food safety, quickly issued statements to say that the products were not unsafe. One of the processing plants that is producing the “hamburgers” also issued a statement that “The safety and quality of our food is of the highest importance (at Tesco); We will not tolerate any compromise in the quality of food that we sell. The presence of illegal meat in our products is extremely serious”. This safety director went on to say that they were working with officials from the UK and Ireland, to understand how this could happen and “to insure that it does not happen again”.
I know that I don’t have to really comment on the above story. If you made it this far, then you deserve a special blog reading award.
The only reason that I posted this story is because this sounds like the same corporate line that we have heard in the United States, after negligent conduct. When it involves a serious oil leak, then everyone gets real serious. When it involves bad peanuts that cause a salmonella outbreak, “authorities” are working to solve while assuring everyone. When it involves a bad braking system on a car or a bad drug that causes health harms, then everyone immediately says that they want to get to the bottom of it; but also assure everyone that it will not happen again.
Big Business needs regulation and accountability because greed still exists. Tort reform is ultimately funded by Big Business, because they don’t want to be held accountable. Instead, their public realations department would rather convince the public that everything is fine, and then sweep it under the rug. Instead, a jury should always be allowed to determine fault and harm. Enough of Tort reformers working hard to limit damages and limit access to the Court room.
It does make me thankful that we have a Food and Drug Administration that regulates food in the US. Plus, I like a health department that enforces regulation. I just can’t imagine this happening in this country. Or, I won’t imagine!
For pic o’ day, I just couldn’t bring myself to post anything related to this story. So, I just went with the thought that this feels like the food industry over there is in chaos:
And that nothing seems to make sense about it, but it sure does make for conversation.